I am still recovering from PLL100. So much to discuss! The Emison kiss, Caleb's weird hair, Ezria forever...and ohh the massive explosion??! But most importantly- the fashion. Hanna's hangover chic is simply inspired. Obsessed with the shades. And Alison can't keep a dead mom and budding lesbian romance keep her from a geek chic cat T-shirt. Taylor Swift would be so proud. Those and more odds and ends from PLL100 below. Meow!
Hanna's sunglasses- "Prada oversized square sunglasses"
Hanna's beanie- "BDG Cuffed Rib-Knit Beanie"
Alison's Cat T-shirt- "Sandro Elie Top"
Alison's trench- "Bebe Bianca Coated Trench Coat"
Although spring is technically here, besides the allergies, it sure doesn't feel like it! It's still jacket weather, despite the fact that we are all antsy to invoke our right to bear arms (get it?). While jackets don't exactly scream chic, there are some that can work seamlessly into your layering wardrobe to keep the chill off (and the style) on until warmer weather really arrives.
An edgy take on denim with this moto style from H&M.
The anorak! Goes with anything- especially in a military inspired olive tone. I have a similar one & constantly get compliments. This one is from Athleta. Similar here and here.
It's happened to all of us before. Shopping fatigue. You've gone to every store, tried on ever shirt, pair of pants, dress...whatever, only to find, yup you guessed it- nothing! Truthfully, I have a higher tolerance than most for digging through racks to find exactly what I'm looking for, but even I've been in a spot that an extra shot of espresso can't pull me out of. Enter Stitch Fix. My very fashionable, albeit tired of dragging through the mall and finding nothing she liked, friend turned me on to this new service.
Here's how it works: you create a profile so they can get to know your style, then they send you five items that their stylists pick for you based on said profile. You keep (and pay for) the items you like then send the rest back. And the fee for all this styling goodness? $20! I think that's pretty reasonable if they do a good job. Plus if you keep any of the items the fee goes towards what you keep. So,you ask, "Do they do a good job?". I can tell you from my friend's experience that I thought overall they picked items that fit her style well.
Things to keep in mind: you don't really know what you're going to get. You may like nothing, or you may like something but it's not in your budget (average item price $65). If you consider this going in and have reasonable expectations, I don't think you'll be disappointed. If the stylist does a good job, that $20 is SO worth it. If you don't really like anything, consider the $20 an entertainment fee. One thing I really liked was the option to provide them with a specific pinterest board. I have one that is just dedicated to my own personal style, so I supplied that one as inspo for my stylist. My overall verdict? If you have an extra $20 this month, and you're tired of shopping all the usual spots- give it a try! I just placed my first order to arrive next week, and I have a feeling this could be my new obsession! Check back to see how my personal order turns out!
Rain, rain- go away! You may have noticed that Noah and his ark didn't only arrive in theaters over the weekend...it's also here in New England! I'd love to believe this is the end of the April Fool's-like weather, but let's get real- the joke is on us, and there is likely plenty more precipitation to come over the next month. Time to upgrade your spring showers gear- with some affordable, but oh-so-chic basics!
The liars are back- hooray! It's been a long couple of "A" free months. BTW- how creepy is Ezra now? This week's episode had most wondering ab what's up w/ Caleb (is anyone watching Ravenswood??), but I was wondering about Spencer's trench cape. Stuck in the middle of winter, I'm daydreaming about spring fashion already, and that jacket made me feel like walking in a field full of daisies...or something.
Spencer in Karen Millen Tailored Cape Trench
I found myself waking up today with the winter blues. Have you felt it? No more holiday glitz, 0 degree temps, and everywhere you turn someone is coughing into their elbow (guilty!). Gross. Not to mention a post-holiday empty bank account- it's enough to make a girl hibernate until spring! But, what fun would that be? It's time to brave the most depressing time of the year and get back on track! When headed out into the elements the best way to arm yourself is with layers. I've noticed the chicest of all layers is the fur vest. Whether faux or fancy, it's nearly impossible to go wrong when topping off your look with a luxe little layer. As demonstrated in my last post by my friend Lilly, or in the pic below with my favorite vest, not only do you add on the warmth, but also depth and, if I do say so myself, sophistication. Now that's a winter pick-me-up.
My favorite vest!
Not many people are lucky enough to have a couple of friends who would agree to go to Paris on a whim. Fortunately, I am. After a couple bottles of wine one afternoon, a trio of friends decided there was no city in the world they'd rather kill a few days in than Paris, and so it was. After a magical and unforgettable, if not whirlwind, trip- here is a brief glimpse of what it takes to pack for a Parisian vacation in winter. Spoiler alert! It involves a lot of head-wear.
Stop it. Remember a few weeks ago when I told you about H&M offering online shopping?? This *might* be even better! T.J. Maxx has now opened up their e-commerce store! It was a quiet launch, with no announcement, but trust me- it's there! I heard that this was in the works a few weeks ago, but didn't get my hopes up for a couple of reasons. 1) What you find in stores is so hit or miss that you can't really rely on it 2) I love the thrill of the hunt! Finding that lone designer dress packed in the middle of mediocre clearance brands is a high I can't put into words. However, after perusing the site, I'm over the moon! All the high-end designer brands are there, so if you aren't fortunate enough to live near a T.J.'s with "The Runway"... consider this your new favorite store. For me, this will be a nice additive to my brick & mortar shopping, since I'm a huge fan of trying things on. But maybe now I won't feel the need to be quite as impulsive when purchasing. After all, I'm still paying off the gorj "Vince" sweater I put on layaway a couple weeks ago. Shop on, Maxxinistas!
Now that it's Labor Day- am I sad summer is more or less over? Yes. But you can only wear a maxi dress so many days in a row without feeling uninspired. While I await the full on chunky knits weather, I'm happy to start getting creative with my clothes again. That's right ladies, it's layering season! So, as you say so long to summer- say hello to some of the outerwear trends you'll be seeing this season.
Not for everyone, but varsity jackets are everywhere. If your mom didn't hoard yours in the closet since high school, try picking up one that's a little more discreet. Also love this one.
I'm so into vests right now; they may warrant their own post later on this season. There are a few ways to do them. Love a utilitarian look or go edgier with leather. The one above is a nice mix of both.
There are some really amazing drape front cardigans out there, but they can actually be quite expensive. I was inspired by this one from Alice + Olivia but am still trying to find a cheaper version that I adore. My best advice for this fall staple is to hit up your local TJ Maxx- they usually have a good supply.
Moto jackets are still huge for fall, and perfect for layering. This Mossimo one has a great price point.
After seeing some of the most beautiful weather we've had all summer over the weekend, it's kind of hard to accept but, fall fashion is here. OK, so it may not be time to break out my new mixed-media trench that's been hanging in my closet for at least a month already, but it never hurts to look ahead to some of the trends you'll be seeing the moment they break out the pumpkin spice lattes (admit it!). It's also StyleWeek in Rhode Island, which is the perfect inspiration for updating my closet. Though, technically, the designs being shown on the runway this week are spring 2014, in fashion, you can never be quite cutting edge enough! I couldn't keep my eyes off the cool crocodile patterns shown during the "Chances R Designs" runway show by Toni Lyn. You already know the classic pattern is a staple for belts and purses (like my FAVE Brahmin bag!) but now you'll be seeing it for apparel, too. Whether actual leather, or just the print, it's somehow both a timeless and edgy way to incorporate some cool staples into your closet.
Z Spoke by Zac Posen Textured Crocodile Dress
Current/Elliott The Ankle Skinny metallic-coated low-rise jeans. Also like these for a more of a basic staple.
Express Crocodile Jacquard Double Layer Mini Skirt
MKL Accessories The Rodeo Crocodile Sunglasses